@ Jefferson: Nothing in the proposed legislation indicates any potential for
your scenarios. The legislation merely asks producers to reduce the amount of
waste they include with their products.
Why are so many of California's "solutions" based on assigning
responsibility to parties who have no control? If you think this is a great
idea, consider how it can be applied to YOU. You sell a car which is involved
in an accident a year later and both insurance companies and law enforcement
come after YOU. You sell items at a garage sale which are found thrown by the
side of a road some months later and YOU are fined and made responsible for the
clean-up. Is this a precedent we really want to have set? Canada is at least
on the right track. A fine for littering starts at $500. Exorbitant?
Don't want to pay? Don't litter. Apply the same principle to
industrial poluters - the very first infraction is too painful to contemplate,
so no ocean dumping. Of course that would require rational government
enforcement, which is often in short supply.